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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: pope francis condemns sex abuse ‘atrocities‘ — and cover—ups by the church — in an unprecedented letter to the world's catholics. venezuala's neighbours say they're struggling to cope, as more and more migrants flee hardship and hyperinflation. the aid operation accelerates in the indian state of kerala. floods have forced a million people into relief camps. tears ofjoy — as relatives from north and south korea meet for the first time in more than 60 years. and a directorial debut for actor idris elba — just don't mentionjames bond. hello.
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pope francis has told the world's roman catholics "no effort must be spared" to prevent sexual abuse against children and to ensure it is never covered up. in an unprecedented letter, the pope condemned what he called the "atrocities" involving hundreds of american priests, in pennsylvania. he also expressed his shame that the church had abandoned those he described as the "little ones." from pennsylvania, nick bryant reports. the pennsylvania child abuse scandal has shocked and appalled — a report alleging that 301 priests preyed on as many as 1,000 children over a 70—year period, and that church leaders hid the allegations away in a secret archive. who would have believed me — a priest?! last week, the attorney general‘s office in pennsylvania released a video with testimony of three victims. i was groomed, starting young. the day i met him, i was around 18 months old. the pennsylvania report is deeply disturbing. it includes allegations that a ring
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of priests manufactured child pornography, and gave victims gold cross necklaces to identify them to other predators as optimal targets. pope francis didn't mention the pennsylvania allegations during his sermon yesterday at the vatican. but he did so today, in an unusually forthright letter to the world's 1.2 billion catholics. because i'd lost that trust. juliann bortz was abused by her priest as a child in the 1960s. the pope's letter offered her no comfort. i don't believe anything the pope has to say, at this point. i've lost faith. i've lost faith in my religion, i haven't lost faith in god.
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big difference. i believed my religion all my life and they lied and they lied and they lied, so his statement today means nothing to me. the claims made in pennsylvania are just the latest in an ongoing worldwide scandal for the church. police in the vatican arrested a former papal diplomat earlier this year on suspicion of possessing child pornography. in australia, an archbishop has been convicted of concealing child abuse by another priest. in chile, all 31 of the country's bishops offered to resign over a child sex scandal and cover—up. and in ireland, historical abuse is reported to have been endemic. pope francis is expected to meet victims when he visits next week. it's just a ploy and a sham, because he's coming to dublin at the weekend. if he's any way genuine about this statement, and if he's sorry about all these atrocities, let him agree to an inquiry. this is thought to be the first time the pope has addressed sex abuse
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with the worldwide catholic community, maybe a belated acknowledgement of the full enormity of the crisis. nick bryant, bbc news, pennsylvania. let's get some of the day's other news. president trump is saying he thought he'd made a deal with turkey for the release of the american pastor, andrew brunson. mr trump said he had helped persuade israel to free a detained turkish woman — ankara had asked for american help, but the turkish government has denied agreeing to free mr brunson in return. more than 175 former us intelligence leaders have backed ex—cia chief john brennan since the president revoked his security clearance. cia, state department, and navy alumni, as well as us ambassadors and us attorneys have signed the letter. the white house has defended the president's decision. ten people have been killed, and more are missing afterflash
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flooding in the pollino national park in italy. the victims had been hiking through mountainous gorges. a number of survivors have been rescued from rocks on the side of the gorge where they'd ta ken refuge. the opposition in venezuela is calling for a national strike on tuesday, in protest at president maduro's latest attempts to stop his country's economic freefall. on monday he devalued the currency, issueing a new type of bank note which effectively takes five zeros off the boliva. meanwhile, thousands of venezuelan migrants continue to cross into neighbouring countries, as lebo diseko reports. walk into what they hope will be a better life, venezuelans walk into what they hope will be a better life, venezuela ns desperate to escape their country's economic misery. they have cross country is by foot, hitchhiking, anyway they can. but across countries. more than a million have entered colombia in the past 15 months. at that country's border with ecuador they
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continue to arrive, despite new passport requirements. many are heading south tojoin passport requirements. many are heading south to join family members in peru and chile. this woman, like many others, sold almost everything to try to make the journey. trentin a husband is desperate. he is improved. my family are also desperate, they are in venezuela. all we want is to go to peru to work, we want to help our families. i have two children, had sold my house, i have nothing else. i can't go back to venezuela with empty hands. she has just days to reach peru before authorities that tighten their passport requirements. venezuela's other neighbours are also feeling the strain. in brazil, troops had to be sent to the watertown after locals attacked several migrant camps and then set them on fire at a border town. it is them on fire at a border town. it is the ongoing border privat does make ita the ongoing border privat does make it a crisis that is pushing venezuelans to leave. prices, food shortages, empty shells, —— shells.
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the currency is being devalued by 96%. the government hopes it will help curb inflation, which the imf believes could run at 1,000,000% by the end of the year. but many venezuelans are confused about how and will it will help. many economists say it will only push this country into a deeper crisis it already cannot afford. lebo diseko, bbc news. rescue efforts are being stepped up in the indian state of kerala — hit by the worst monsoon floods in a century. although the weather has improved, some areas remain under water. more than 400 people have died in the floods and thousands more remain marooned. from cochin, yogita limaye sent this report. as the water recedes, people want to go back home. but it isn't dryjust yet. praveen iyer and his family left their house in thrissur five days ago. today, he has returned to take a look, but the water level has only gone down a few inches.
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these low—lying areas, there are many pockets like these where you will still find water, and it is completely cut off from the mainstream. but then for us, it is going to take at least a week to kind of get back to complete normalcy. but some don't have a house to go back to. chandra's home has been swept away. he is a tailor, and struggles to make ends meet. "i don't know what to do," he says. more than 500,000 are in need, and here, supplies are coming in that could help — bags of rice, clothes, water. it is all being stocked at this indoor stadium, where it is sorted and repacked before it is sent off. hundreds of people have volunteered, many of them students. people have just lost everything that they've, you know, earned over their whole entire lives. now this is going into a house, that they do not know if it'll stand
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or it'll crumble on their heads. ijust wanted to do something, do anything at all, rather than just sitting at home, watching the news. relief efforts are going on at a frantic pace. this lorry behind me has come in from the neighbouring state of karnata ka, bringing boxes of bottled water. they are taken to the centre, and from here, they will be dispatched to areas across kerala. where it is not possible by road, relief material is loaded onto boats to be distributed. they need food here, shouts this man. locals crowd by the shore. they have to stock up when they can. they don't know when the next boat will come. translation: we have nothing to eat, nothing to drink. we don't even have a bed. the water has destroyed everything. for those who had to flee from their houses, these supplies will help them get
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through the next few days. many of them are still to find out what is left of their homes and belongings. yogita limaye, bbc news, kerala. after decades apart, dozens of people from south korea have been reunited with their relatives living across the border. a ballot was held to determine which families separated by the korean war would be allowed to meet — albeit for just a few hours and under close supervision. from seoul, laura bicker reports — and a warning there's some flash photography. after more than 60 years apart, it can be hard to find the words. some just throw themselves in their brothers‘ arms. others offer a deep bow. "i remember how beautiful you were," says one sister to another, as they try to recognise features not seen in decades. earlier, as she prepared to head north, 92—year—old lee keum—seom
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couldn't stop thinking about what she would do when she saw her son. he was only four years old when they were separated. translation: i'm hoping to throw my arms around my grown—up son. i think i would like to ask where and how were you? who did you live with? archive: more than 80,000 civilians have already left... mrs lee was one of thousands caught in the chaos as refugees tried to head south at the end of the war in 1953. she lost sight of her husband and son as she was put on a boat. within days, the border was closed. she was trapped in the south, herfamily in the north. when the moment came, it took only one glance for her to break into a run. for now, all thoughts are on these first precious hours together,
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even though they both know they are also likely to be their last. cho soon—jeon knows what these families are going through. this frail 83—year—old had her one chance three years ago. over 50,000 are still waiting to see their loved ones. translation: it was so good to meet them, but when i was separated from them, it was worse than not meeting them at all. my sisters kept saying how hard it was living in north korea. it broke my heart. these are the human faces of the korean conflict — a symbol of an enduring bond between the two nations, but also a reminder of the pain of decades of division, with no end in sight. laura bicker, bbc news, seoul. a new study on global warming
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suggests that heatwaves and torrential downpours are likely to become more extreme in the northern hemisphere. european scientists say temperature rises in the arctic have already affected the behaviour of weather and wind systems further south. the world health organization says cases of measles in europe have reached their highest level for eight years. more than 41,000 people were infected in the first six months of this year, nearly double the number for the whole of 2017. more than half the cases are among children who did not receive the mmr vaccine. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we hearfrom the british woman who fell from a cruise ship and survived ten hours at sea. washington, the world's most political city, is today assessing the political health of the world's
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most powerful man. indeed, i did have a relationship with miss lewinsky that was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. in south africa, 97 people have been killed today, in one of the worst days of violence between rival black groups. over the last ten days, 500 have died. chanting: czechoslovakia must be free! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 submariners who died on board the kursk. we're all with them now, within our hearts. the pope has celebrated mass before a congregation of more than 2.5 million people, in his hometown of krakow. "stay with us, stay with us," chanted this ocean of humanity. "well, well," joked the pope, "so you want me to desert rome?" this is bbc news, the latest headlines:
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pope francis has condemned sex abuse atrocities and cover ups by the church, in an unprecedented letter to the world's catholics. venezuala's neighbours say they're struggling to cope, as more and more migrants flee the country's economic crisis. after almost ten years of economic hardship, greece has successfully completed a bailout programme. it received tens of billions of euros to help fix its economy, but had to adopt some deeply unpopular austerity measures. completing the programme means greecey can now borrow again on international markets. mark lowen reports. in 2010, greece was gripped by a unrest, revealing its skyhigh deficit led to three bailouts totalling over 300 billion euros. as
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austerity kit, despair turned to rage, running battles consumed central athens. greece was collapsing and risked taking the eurozone with it. this once famous tile producer was an iconic ba n kru ptcy tile producer was an iconic bankruptcy as greece crashed. but from an economic wasteland, the country is slowly building itself back up. greece is beginning to hum again. after the factory closed, the workers took over part of it, now producing greener products. soap and cleaning liquid. starting again bottom up, a metaphorfor greece's recovery. translation: when ba n kru ptcy recovery. translation: when bankruptcy hit, we contemplated suicide a lot. when you reach the edge of a cliff, you eitherfall off 01’ edge of a cliff, you eitherfall off orgrip itand edge of a cliff, you eitherfall off or grip it and hold on. soap we said
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no, we struggled, notjust for ourselves but to see this model copied in otherfactories. this saved our lives and our minds. this country has overcome so much adversity in its long history. the greek spirit is rising again, helped by record tourist numbers. beneath the eagerly seen light wounds that will take long to heal. but a ray of hope is beginning to flickr here. —— flicker. a man accused of driving a car at pedestrians, cyclists and police officers last week outside the houses of parliament has appeared in court for the first time. 29—year—old salih khater, who's a british citizen born in sudan, was charged with two counts of attempted murder. it was last tuesday, at 7:37 in the morning, that a ford fiesta ploughed through a group of cyclists on the edge of parliament square. without stopping, it drove up the access road to the house of lords car park and smashed into the security barrier. because of the location
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and the use of a vehicle, counter—terrorism officers led the investigation. salih khater, the driver of the car, has now been charged with attempting to murder cyclists at the junction of parliament square and with attempting to murder the police officers who leapt out of the vehicle's path. this morning, he was brought to court for his first appearance in the dock. salih khater wore a grey t—shirt and white trousers and confirmed his name and his address, in birmingham. asked what nationality he was, he said sudanese and then quickly corrected that to british. a refugee from sudan, he only got his british citizenship six weeks ago. born in darfur, in sudan, he came to britain in 2010, after travelling for two years through africa and europe. he continued his education here, while also working as a security guard. this morning's hearing lasted
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less than six minutes. the chief magistrate, emma arbuthnot, told salih khater that he would remain in custody until his next appearance in court at the old bailey in 11 days' time. daniel sandford, bbc news, at westminster magistrates' court. the woman who survived in the adriatic sea for ten hours, after falling from a cruise ship, off the croatian coast has left hospital. kay longstaff was pulled from the sea on sunday fter apparently falling from the cruise liner on saturday night. she said she was very lucky to be alive. from croatia, guy delaunay reports. kay longstaff returning safely to dry land on a different sort of ship. the croatian coastguard rescued her from the adriatic after she spent a whole night treading water. i fell off the back of the norwegian star, and i was in the water for ten hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me. this is the moment she was pulled from the sea on sunday morning. her rescuers said she was tired and a bit sunburnt, but remarkably
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well, considering her ordeal. translation: the person was exhausted and in shock. but soon after she was pulled on deck, and after liquids were offered to her, she was herself and we could see she had sustained no physical injuries and no scratches. kay spent the night here at pula general hospital. she was discharged this afternoon and left without making any further public statements. but her doctors say that her adriatic adventure doesn't appear to have caused her any physical harm. she is in good condition, probably because she is a young and healthy person. and nothing happened to her after ten hours in the croatian sea. kay was on board the norwegian star, filmed here on an earlier cruise. it is thought she was on the seventh deck, close to the back, when she fell. the ship had left the port of dubrovnik and was heading north. but roughly 60 miles out from the coast of croatia,
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kay longstaff went overboard. the ship made several turns to try to find her. only later did it go on to its final cruise stop of venice. everyone is still asking how kay could have survived that long treading water. perhaps her previous experience as airline cabin crew may have helped, or her apparent dedication to yoga. the majorfactors in survival in this case are going to be in the warm water, which was about the same temperature as a swimming pool, the fact that it was calm, so there was not a great requirement to work hard to keep her airway clear of the water. that she was female, which helped her float, because females have more body fat than males. whatever happened, it seems like an incredibly lucky escape against the kind of odds which would have broken the bank at a cruise ship casino. guy de launey, bbc news, pula. a deadly wildfire that has been raging for weeks in california has now been contained.
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the ferguson fire, which began in july, burned through nearly 97,000 acres of land to the west of yosemite national park. more than 3000 firefighters battled the blaze, two were killed and 19 injured. australia's prime minister malcolm turnbull has survived a challenge to his leadership by a senior government colleague. mr turnbull beat off a challenge from the home affairs minister, peter dutton. he had called the vote among liberal party members himself, after falling poll ratings ahead of a general election next year. he's best known for lead roles in some of hollywood's biggest films as well as the tv series "luther". but now the actor idris elba has directed his first film. ‘yardie' — is set in jamaica and east london in the 1970s and 80s. he's been speaking to our correspondent adina campbell. yardie is a nostalgic film about a time in my life when i was growing up in the mid—1980s, starts off
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in the ‘70s injamaica. follows a young man who goes through a traumatic thing at 11 years old and finds himself in england, still chasing his demons. why won't you stay? mummy has work, vanessa. she can stay with me. i think people expect a massive gangster film and it isn't that. it is a story about trauma management, if you like. and this is your first big production as a director? were you not tempted to be one of the main characters, or were you solely focused on being behind the camera and leading from the back? ijust wanted to put all my energy behind the camera, support the actors and let it not be about me, but my vision and their vision and, you know, share that. i want you to be real, yeah? really real. first—time directors are typically younger than me. but i have had the university of my career, which has been to work with some of the greatest directors. and for your directorial debut, to film back at home, where you grew up in hackney, that must‘ve been quite special. i did an open casting for extras to come and sort
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of be a part of the film. like, 2000 people showed up. i think they called it idris carnival day for that day. idris castival day. ijust did that. very good! how do you feel that the film industry is going at the moment in terms of bringing in and nurturing new, fresh black talent? i think it is a very healthy time. you and i sitting here right now, you as a presenter, me as a film—maker, it is an amazing thing. that never happened when i was growing up. when we look at england, we should all be proud that we are quite a multicultural society here. and it is starting to be reflected in our stories, in our content and our television shows. still a long way to go, you know, but at the end of the day there is movement. series five of luther is coming out soon. lots of people excited. are you surprised byjust how popular it is, notjust in the uk but all over the world? yeah, definitely surprised. started off as a six—part series about a warped detective.
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and has become an iconic character. the luther fan base deserve a really good luther this year and i'm hoping i have given them one. i can't let you go without asking about the tweets recently. see you later! i've got to ask you. am i looking at the next 007? no. absolutely not? no, you're not. would it be a role you would like to do? i don't want to talk about it, honestly. idris, thank you so much for your time. thank you, wicked. a reminder of our top story: pope francis has condemned the atrocities of child sex abuse and clerical cover—ups in a letter to the world's1.2 billion roman catholics. the letter to "the people of god" calls for an end to the "culture of death" in the church and asks for forgiveness. thank you for watching. well, tuesday isn't looking
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too bad across the uk. might start a little cloudy, murky, drizzly, that sort of thing, but eventually, late in the morning and into the afternoon, the grey layer of cloud will break up and we will see some sunshine. now, on the satellite image the rain and cloud is to the north—west of us — in fact, between the uk and iceland. we are to the south, and in this area here there is a gap, we have muggy, humid air from the southern climes, from the azores, so that's why it feels so warm outside. in fact, very early on tuesday morning temperatures in the south will be around about 17 celsius, 16,15—16in yorkshire, even in newcastle around 1a celsius, so a relatively warm start to the day. and this is the humid air, you can see the arrows
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from the south—west here, streaming towards the uk. but when we see this weather pattern, we often get a lot of cloud that shrouds the coastlines, we get mist and murk and even drizzle in places as well. the real weather front is to the north of us, the north—west, but we are in the murky area. however, late in the morning the clouds will break up a little bit and we will get some sunshine. so into the second half of the day on tuesday, that's when we are going to get the best of the weather. very warm, hot in the south—east, 26, 2a expected in merseyside and into the 20s as far north as scotland. there is a change on the way. those weather fronts will reach us and we are expecting rain to fall in northern ireland and scotland by the time we get to wednesday. so here is wednesday's weather forecast, it is raining in belfast, glasgow, edinburgh,
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approaching the lake district, just about merseyside, north wales too, but to the south of that we are still in the very warm air, very humid as well, so temperatures could shoot up to the high 20s. it will be very warm in east anglia and the south—east, temperatures 26 or 27 degrees, and for scotland and northern ireland we have the fresh air coming from the atlantic, around 17 celsius, so 10 degrees difference. and the reason is because cold fronts will sweep across the uk, multiple cold fronts, which means spells of rain on the way too. and behind it you can see the fresh air coming from iceland, there is iceland there, that cooler air invading the uk by the time we get to thursday. right across the country by friday. you can see the temperatures dropping. in london, 26 on tuesday, by friday it is 19 in london and on friday it is only 1a degrees in belfast. this is bbc news. the headlines: pope francis has strongly condemned child sex abuse and cover—ups in the catholic church. he apologised for the failure of the church to expose the crimes, saying it had abandoned the abused children. he set out his views in an unprecedented letter addressed to the world's one point two billion roman catholics. venezuela's neighbours say they're struggling to cope with growing
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numbers of migrants fleeing the country's economic crisis. many say they're hungry and don't have access to medical services in venezuela. brazil has promised to keep its borders open. rescue efforts are being stepped up in the indian state of kerala, which has been hit by the worst monsoon floods in a century. a million people are reported to be living in relief camps. more than 400 people have died and thousands more remain marooned. now on bbc news it's time for hardtalk.
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